|Pierre and Holly at Rideau Hall, 1901 -- uh, I mean, 2001|
Doing costume for theater productions at Ottawa U taught me some invaluable tips and shortcuts.
1. If it can't be seen it doesn't matter. Always have safety pins (for sudden costume malfunctions), petroleum jelly (for shining shoes, slicking hair etc) and duct tape (for hems and edges) on hand.
2. For Period costume -- I always teach my Drama students to look at the Silhouette of each period. The web page below from the National Arts Centre explains this better than I could here.
3. Do some research! Here's the link for the above embedded page. They have tons of info -- and are master costumers.
4.Dig through available closets and jewellery boxes -- use your imagination before you spend money.
|In Renaissance-inspired costume rented for a song from OLT From Left -- Pierre, Mike, Dawn, Me, Diane, Marjorie, Denyse, Donald and Simon|
|At Dow's lake for the Tulip Festival. Handmaiden to Queen Denyse|
Governor General's skating party at Rideau Hall. FUN! Costume fun, anyway...but that little bit of local gossip will have to wait. We're focusing on COSTUME here. Focus.
The men wore OLT's tail tuxedos and we girls raided our wardrobes, my schools costume cupboard and local thrift shops. I reminded the girls that "VICTORIAN" means COVERED from top of the head to the toes. Cinched waists, High necks, ruffles, bustles and gloves maintained the proper silhouette for the Victorian Era. "Good enough for Jazz", as my dad used to say.
|Ready to sing for the Governor General's Skating Party at Rideau Hall, Ottawa|
More details on former Governor General Adrian Clarkson and the Rideau Hall skating party gig in a future post.
NEXT... our now-famous Christmas CLOAKS become reality thanks to a wonderful Vogue pattern!